About Bits of Freedom

Bits of Freedom is the leading Dutch digital rights organization, focusing on privacy and communications freedom in the digital age. Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, on a national and a European level. Bits of Freedom is one of the founders and a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).

Freedom and privacy on the internet are under threat, with far-reaching consequences for the daily lives of millions of internet users. Their data are being collected ever more frequently and for an ever longer period. Their access to websites can be blocked. It is even being proposed to cut off users from the internet altogether. Meanwhile, the development of innovative services is also under threat.

The coming years are decisive for the future of privacy and freedom on the internet. Now, we need to ensure that each internet user can decide for her- or himself what happens to their private data. Now, we have to act to make sure that each internet user can continue to enjoy an open and free internet without borders.

Bits of Freedom stands up for your freedom and privacy on the internet. We fight for an internet that is open for everyone, where everyone can continue to share information, and where private communication remains private. Our strength lies in  combining a broad range of expertise, a constructive lobby where possible, and sharp action where necessary. Our approach is successful (PDF).

> > Read our English blog posts here



Bits of Freedom is one of the founders of European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRi), an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe. Bits of Freedom contributes regularly to  the work of EDRi. Would you like to stay up to date about their work? Sign up for their newsletter, EDRi-gram.

The organisation
Bits of Freedom was active between 2000 and 2006 and resumed its activities in August 2009, when a substantial initial grant by the Dutch foundation Internet4All allowed Bits of Freedom to breathe new life into its defense of civil rights in the information society. The executive board of the foundation consists of Lonneke van der Velden (PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis), Joris van Hoboken (researcher at the Information Law Institute of the New York University), Hermine Masmeyer (Director of the European Centre for Human Rights Training), Manon Oostveen (researcher at the Instituut voor Informatierecht (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam) and Clemens la Lau (financial controller for the Dutch start-up Blendle and working for an accountancy firm)

The core team of Bits of Freedom consists of Hans de Zwart (director), Rejo Zenger, Ton Siedsma, David Korteweg (researchers); Daphne van der Kroft (communication strategist); Evelyn Austin (community builder), Inge Wannet (office manager) and Imre Jonk (system administrator).

Support Bits of Freedom
We are grateful for every personal donation that helps Bits of Freedom. The form (click the tab “Eenmalig”) on our do-your-bit page allows you to donate through PayPal or your credit card. Should you want to wire us your donation personally, please use the following account numbers to do so:  IBAN: NL32ABNA0554706512, BIC: ABNANL2A.
Your company has the opportunity to help protect freedom and privacy on the internet aswell. Support Bits of Freedom by donating now. Please find more information in our Memo on Corporate Supporters (PDF).

If you have any questions regarding the organisation, do not hesitate to contact us at: info@bof.nl. Find more information on how to reach us on our contact page.


Doe mee

Vind je internetvrijheid een van de belangrijkste onderwerpen van de 21ste eeuw? En wil je niets liever dan jouw talenten inzetten voor vrijheid en privacy op het internet? Dan ben je bij Bits of Freedom op je plaats.

Zet je talent in!